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'A fine Yorkshire brew'

It will have come as no surprise to Richard Wilson’s YMCA club mates that the Sheffield born cricketer plays his cricket in true Yorkshire fashion, with a potent blend of dedication, bravado and just a dash of dry wit thrown in...

Since moving ‘down south’ in 1990, Richie, as he is affectionately known, has become a key member of the YMCA and will, in the 2003 season, be taking the role of third eleven skipper for the third occasion after a two season spell in the late 1990’s.

Surprisingly, Richie, who lives with his girlfriend Lucy in Brislington, began his cricket career in 1993 as a fast, if a little erratic, bowler.  He made his debut for the YMCA Midweek Eleven on a hot August evening at Stoke Lodge where, with his first ever delivery, narrowly avoided decapitating the opposition’s opening batsman (none other than our very own Wally Herbert).

From the 1995 season onwards Richie focused exclusively on batting, although the former midweek skipper’s initial contributions were, perhaps, not as effective as he would have liked (he hit the local sports headlines in 1994 by recording 6 consecutive ducks). However, to his great credit, Richie set an example for others to follow by working hard at his technique and can now, justifiably, claim to be a vital middle order batsmen and exemplary fielder for his adopted third eleven.

Unquestionably Richie's greatest achievement was the remarkable batting performances he gave for the Second Eleven during the later stages of the 1999 season. In just three league innings the Number Four batsmen gave his teammates a glimpse of his full potential by scoring over 150 runs (including two half centuries) to finish the season with an average of more than 50. Richie's contribution triggered a remarkable sequence of fifteen undefeated league games for Shaun Parker's Second team.


Innings Not Out Runs H/S Average


3 0 159 60 53.0
2. R.J.Parsons 6 1 215 75* 43.0
3. T.J.Chatfield 3 1 85 57* 42.5

The experienced sports coach, who learned his trade at Bristol City FC, knows a thing or two about motivation and it is, perhaps, no coincidence that the Club’s recent revival has echoed Richie’s example of investing in the youth set up and promoting team spirit.

Richie Wilson is one Yorkshire brew that won’t be going cold!


Batting Average 12.68
Highest score 68 v Lisvane
Runs Scored 1445
Bowling Average 37.27
Best Bowling 3-36 v Bedminster
Wickets Taken 15

Statistics are up to the end of the 2002 season

Born: 1972 in Sheffield

Year Joined YMCA: 1993 I think!

Nick Name: Richie

Playing Details: A somewhat mediocre, but sometimes surprisingly good number 4 or 5 batsman with a good eye for fielding. Best captain in the club though.

Other clubs played for: None - I'm YM till I die!

Best YMCA Match Played In: A match against Patchway in 2000 when Shaun Parker completely reversed both the batting and the bowling order and we still thrashed them, even though I opened the bowling!

Favourite YMCA Batsman (past or present): Ben Mils - Actually looks like a batsman when he plays, no dissing MJKS of course.

Favourite YMCA Bowler (past or present): Andy Spicer - Always gives everything.

Favourite Cricket Grounds: Headingley and Golden Hill

Least Favourite Cricket Grounds: Old Trafford and Stoke Gifford have never been up to scratch.

Favourite Professional Cricketer: Ian Botham

Favourite Food: Yorkshire Pudding - Some would refer to me as this also!

Favourite Drinks: Who ever heard of a Yorkshireman who likes red wine so I'd best say Stella for fear of reprisal.

Favourite Football Team: Do I really need to answer this question? By the way, if you'd like to bet me a quid that we'll go down then please e-mail me.

Favourite Holiday Destinations: Hillsborough, Sheffield. I always go there in the holidays.

Motto In Life: Keep it tight!

© 2004 YMCA Cricket Club